The Best Areas to Stay in Valencia, Spain
The Best Areas to Stay in Valencia, Spain

Best Areas to Stay in Valencia, Spain

Where to Stay in Valencia – A Guide to This Mediterranean City

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain.

Located on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia is famous internationally for being the birthplace of paella.

Although often overshadowed by other major Spanish cities like Madrid or Barcelona, Valencia boasts a fascinating mix of old and new buildings, which makes it a truly special city. From castles and medieval fortresses to art nouveau and art deco architecture, from small and nice boutiques to large shopping centres, Valencia has it all.

The city’s Old Town houses the Cathedral (with its famous belfry called Miguelete) and impressive old buildings such as the Lonja de la Seda. The most modern face of Valencia shows is located in the City of Arts and Sciences complex, located a few kilometres southeast of the historic centre.

A good part of the central part of Valencia is connected by the Jardin del Túria park, Valencia’s former river that was converted into one of the largest urban parks in Europe.

Valencia is also a city of beaches like Malvarrosa and Las Arenas, both of which are not too far from the city centre. If you are looking for something wilder and less crowded, then the Albufera Natural Park, located 10 km from the city is a great option.

When it comes to the best areas to stay in Valencia, the historic centre of the city (Ciutat Vella) is recommended because of its proximity to tourist attractions, as well as its metro connections and pedestrian-friendly streets. See hotels in Valencia Old Town. If its beach you’re after, then the district of Poblats Marítims is the closest to the sea in Valencia. See hotels in Poblats Marítims.

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Valencia.

Best Areas to Stay in Valencia, Spain

1. Our Favourite Area: Ciutat Vella (Valencia Old Town)

Ciutat Vella (Old City) is, without doubt, the most beautiful neighbourhood in Valencia.

The picturesque old town of Valencia, or Ciutat Vella, is full of beautiful cobblestone streets, cafés, and architecture spanning several centuries, from Roman times to 20th century art nouveau and deco. It is also the best area to discover the important Arab influences of the city.

Valencia’s Ciutat Vella is home to wonders such as the Cathedral, the Silk Museum, the Central Market or the spectacular Llotja de la Seda, an impressive fifteenth-century silk market and one of the best pieces of non-religious Gothic architecture in Europe.

The historical centre of Valencia stands out for its beauty, its numerous museums and for being an extremely easy area to move on foot.

Although all of Valencia’s metro lines border the Old Town and there are no stations directly in the centre, walking to any of the stops should not take more than 15 minutes from any point in the area. Colon metro station (lines 0, 3, 5 and 9) is particularly convenient to move from Ciutat Vella to other corners of Valencia.

Where to stay in Valencia - Ciutat Vella
Where to stay in Valencia – Ciutat Vella
Accommodation in Ciutat Vella - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Ciutat Vella – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Valencia, Spain:

  • Heart of the city
  • Medieval buildings
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Islamic influence
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Central Market
  • Cathedral

2. Poblats Marítims (Poblados Marítimos)

The Poblats Marítims districts encompasses the neighbourhoods of Cabanyal-Canyamelar, El Grau, Nazaret, Beteró and Malvarrosa.

This picturesque area of the city is located east of the Old Town, next to the Mediterranean coast.

Poblats Marítims (Maritime Villages) have a traditional atmosphere and, as its name implies, boast strong seafaring and marine influences. In many ways, this district feels like a fishermen’s village.

As it could not be otherwise, Poblats Marítims is home to the main urban beaches of the city (such as La Malvarrosa, Las Arenas or Cabanyal), making it the best area to stay in Valencia during the summer and for beach holidays.

Due to its coastal position, this area has a large amount of accommodation that ranges from small, family-run bed and breakfast properties to large beach resorts.

Regarding transportation, although there are some railway stations in this district, namely Marítim – Serrería (lines 5, 7, 6 and 8) and València Cabanyal (RENFE commuter and regional trains), transportation in and around this area relies largely on the bus system.

Best districts to stay in Valencia - Poblats Marítims
Best districts to stay in Valencia – Poblats Marítims
Accommodation in Poblats Marítims - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Poblats Marítims – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Valencia, Spain:

  • Beach area
  • Best area for a beach holiday
  • Great restaurants

3. Around the City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia’s Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) is a complex designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava.

This large group of buildings is located on the old bed of the Turia river. This complex is dedicated to scientific and cultural leisure and consists of several modern buildings that have become authentic icons of the city. The largest of them, the Principe Felipe Science Museum, is made up of a huge rectangular pavilion that offers various interactive science and technology exhibits. On one of its sides, surrounded by water and the entrance area, is the Hemisphere, a 3D digital cinema whose main feature is its inverted concave 900 metres screen.

The Oceanographic, with seven different marine environments, is the largest aquarium in Europe. The Umbracle (greenhouse) is free of charge and you can walk through its gardens with typical Mediterranean plants.

The area around the City of Arts and Sciences is very different from what can be found in Valencia’s Old Town. Modern buildings, wide avenues and newly created residential and commercial areas are the norm in this neighbourhood.

The neighbourhood of the City of Arts and Sciences is among the best areas to stay in Valencia, especially due to the large amount of busines- type accommodation and cheap hotels in the area. However, this neighbourhood does not have fast transport connections (metro or train), but it is connected by Valencia’s extensive bus network.

Best areas to stay in Valencia - Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Best areas to stay in Valencia – Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Best neighborhoods to stay in Valencia, Spain - Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Best neighborhoods to stay in Valencia, Spain – Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Accommodation around Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation around Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Valencia, Spain:

  • Contemporary architecture
  • Budget hotels
  • City of Arts and Sciences

4. Eixample de Valencia

Ensanche or Eixample de Valencia is located to the south and southeast of Ciutat Vella.

The origin of this classic neighbourhood dates back to 1865, when Valencia’s defensive walls were demolished to begin th expansion process of the city.

The Eixample (which literally means “Expansion”) boasts a large number of stately art nouveau and deco style. The Valencian Ensanche was designed following the Cerdá Plan in Barcelona, an orthogonal design with large blocks and palaces.

The Ensanche district is made up of three neighbourhoods: Ruzafa, El Pla del Remei and Gran Vía. Pla del Remei and Gran Vía are two of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Valencia.

Ruzafa in particular is a very attractive neighbourhood to stay in Valencia. Alternative and full of life, Ruzafa concentrates a great gastronomic offer, with tapas bars, restaurants and great nightlife.

Calle Colón is the most important commercial street in Valencia, known for its stores and department stores. Mercado de Colón is a great example of art nouveau architecture. It was completely restored in 2003 to be converted into a luxury shopping arcade.

The Eixample is one of the best connected areas of Valencia, thanks to the proximity of Estació del Nord, the main railway terminal in Valencia.

Best districts to stay in Valencia - Ensanche
Best districts to stay in Valencia – Ensanche
Accommodation in Eixample - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Eixample – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Valencia, Spain:

  • Best area for nightlife
  • Estació del Nord
  • Very central

5. Extramurs

The Extramurs district of Valencia is located west and southwest of the Ciutat Vella.

Its name (Beyond the walls) refers to the fact that, in medieval times, this was a peripheral neighbourhood.

Extramurs attractions include the Torres de Quart, an old walled gate to Ciutat Vella, the Botanical Garden, with a large number of native Mediterranean species or the Estació del Nord, located at the southern end of the district.

Extramurs offers easy access to the Ciutat Vella on foot and it is definitely one of the best neighbourhoods to stay in Valencia as far as public transport is concerned.

Several metro stops (Bailén, Pl Espanya, Àngel Guimerà or Jesús) and the railway station Estació del Nord are all located in this area.

Where to stay in Valencia - Extramurs
Where to stay in Valencia – Extramurs
Accommodation in Extramurs - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Extramurs – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

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